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Drive shaft for 1988 Ford Ranger extended cab

Will any other drive shaft fit this vehicle?

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  • Ricardo Loranca
    Ricardo Loranca May 11, 2010

    a drive shaft from any ranger or mazda p/u will fit just make sure you measure the lenght

  • jesse777 May 11, 2010

    Yes but not many. Automatic or Manual transmission? 2WD or 4WD?

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I have a '88 Ranger XLT extra cab 4X4 w/auto tranny (2.9L V6) that had a 2-piece driveshaft on it. After adding a 4" suspension lift, there was a strong vibration whenever I took off from a dead stop. I replaced the drive shaft with a beefed up 1 piece custom built by a shop specializing in drive shafts. The truck no longer had any vibration, and it hooks up immediately on exceleration. I found the shop on Ebay advertising drive shafts. All I had to do was measure the length from the transfer case/Tranny to the rear differential. The length of the new drive shaft allowed me to adjust almost 3/4" so all I had to do was get it close. I also took close up pictures so the shop could match up the correct flange on both ends of the driveshaft. The last thing I had to do was flip the crossmember brace so it wouldn't interfere with the new drive shaft.

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